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2020 FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING SYMPOSIUM

A FOUR-THURSDAY VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM

October 15, 2020 – November 5, 2020
9:00am – 10:30am PST

Presentations to be delivered via Microsoft Teams

The Southern California Chapter of SFPE is hosting the 2020 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium. Invited speakers who are recognized experts will present hot topics in the fire protection industry. Proceeds benefit the Chapter Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to students attending the Fire Protection Engineering Program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

AGENDA

Session I: Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 9:00am – 10:30am PST

i. What’s New and Happening at Cal Poly Fire Protection Engineering Program, Dr. Rick Emberley, Cal Poly SLO

ii. Cyber Security for Fire Protection Systems, Victoria Hutchison, Fire Protection Research Foundation

Session II: Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 9:00am – 10:30am PST

i. ERRCS/BDA Basics – The New Wild West, Jay Levy, Saf-Com Supply, Inc.

ii. NFPA 4,​ Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life-Safety System Testing, and the 2019 California Fire Code Timothy Lawyer, Jensen Hughes

Session III: Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 9:00am – 10:30am PST

i. Impact of Code Compliance, Lessons from Actual Fires, Robert Rowe, PyroCop, Inc.

ii. Oxygen Reduction Warehousing, Kevin Scott, KH Scott & Associates LLC

Session IV: Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 9:00am – 10:30am PST

i. What’s New and Happening at the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, Chief Mike Richwine, State Fire Marshal

ii. Energy Storage Systems, Ray Bizal, NFPA

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration, including all four virtual sessions

Fees

Member Southern California Chapter of SFPE

$100

Non-Member

$120

AHJ/Code Official/Fire Service

$75

Student (Valid college I.D. required)

$50

Sponsors

$300

To register, visit www.sfpeSoCal.org

For questions, contact webmaster@sfpeSoCal.org

SFFD - Fire Alarm and Signaling System Administrative Bulletin AB # 2.01 Update - Effective 8-17-2020. Sent by Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, P.E., Fire Protection Engineer with SFFD.

The SFFD would like to inform you about a recent update made on  AB # 2.01 (2019-  Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems Submittals --- Revised on 8-17-2020)

This revised AB # 2.01 is published on the SFFD Website on the following link (also please see attached PDF):

https://sf-fire.org/sites/default/files/SFFD/BFP/I%20Documents/Informational%20Bulletins/2.01%202019%20Fire%20Alarm%20and%20Signaling%20Systems%20Submittals%20---%20Revised%2008172020.pdf

This update which is included in Item J (J.1-J.12) on pages 2&3 of AB # 2.01, includes specific SFFD guidelines and requirements for the placement of visual appliances (strobes) in various locations and areas within buildings as provided on Fire Alarm systems plans to be submitted for SFFD review and approval. The visual appliances specific coverage and spacing requirements shall meet NFPA 72-2016 (applicable FA & Signaling code in CA and SFFD)

The SFFD specific requirements are intended to supplement and clarify the following  CFC-2019 Section 907.5.2.3.1 and create consistency between FA designers/applicants submitting plans in the SFFD jurisdiction.

Any Fire Alarm permit which is submitted after 8-17-2020 (effective date of the revised AB # 2.01) as indicated by the “RECEIVED” stamp date on the permit plans, shall comply with the specific requirements listed in this bulletin. (This requirement is based on the RECEIVED date only,  regardless the applicable codes for the specific permit)

The SFFD is aware that other CA Fire jurisdiction may have different interpretations for visual appliances placements; however, FA plans submitted for SFFD review and approval must comply with the SFFD specific requirements specified in this AB # 2.01.

CFC-2019

907.5.2.3.1 Public use areas and common use

areas. Visible alarm notification appliances shall be

provided in public use areas and common use areas

including but not limited to:

1. Band rooms.

2. Classrooms.

3. Corridors.

4. Gymnasiums.

5. Lobbies.

6. Meeting rooms.

7. Multipurpose rooms.

8. Music practice rooms.

9. Occupational shops.

10. Occupied rooms where ambient noise

impairs hearing of the fire alarm.

11. Sanitary facilities including restrooms, bathrooms

and shower rooms.

Exception: Where employee work areas have

audible alarm coverage, the notification appliance

circuits serving the employee work areas

shall be initially designed with not less than 20-

percent spare capacity to account for the potential

of adding visible notification appliances in the

future to accommodate hearing-impaired

employee(s).

The SFFD revisions and specific requirements are:

J. Visual and/or Audible protection provided by Fire Alarm or Signaling System visual appliances (strobes) and/or audible appliances (speakers, horns, sounders etc.) shall comply with CFC Section 907.5.2.3 and NFPA 72 coverage and installation requirements, and with the following specific SFFD requirements:

(J.1) The Architect shall specifically label on the architectural permit plans each room/space/area, regardless its size, per its specific use/function, and with a specific indication stating if it is: “Public Use” - Normally occupied and used by member(s) of the general public (Ex.: Wellness/Mother’s room, Phone/Quiet room, Restrooms, Toilet rooms, Conference/Huddle/Meeting rooms with general public access, etc.)

“Common Use” - Normally occupied and used by more than one building employee. Typically, these are enclosed rooms shared by two or more employees and have more than one workstation/ computer, work desk, etc. or other shared function, (Ex.: Shared office room, Breakroom, Security room, Engineers room, Copy room, Conference/Huddle/Meeting rooms for building employees use only)

“Private Office” – Normally occupied and used by ONE building employee only for office work purposes (This could be a large Private Office with a large meeting/conference table and it is not considered as a Conference/Meeting room).

“Private Room/Space” – Normally occupied and used by ONE building employee only for other than office work purposes (Ex. Prayer room, Phone room, Focus/ Quiet room, etc.) The Fire Alarm contractor shall be required to submit reference approved architectural plans with the above room/spaces/areas labeling and designations, and shall design and submit visual appliances coverage on the fire alarm or signaling system permit plans per the specific requirements of this section.

(J.2) All “Public Use” rooms/areas/spaces, regardless their size and labeling, shall be provided with visual appliance(s) in accordance with NFPA 72.

(J.3) All “Common Use” rooms/areas/spaces, regardless their size and labeling, shall be provided with visual appliance(s) in accordance with NFPA 72.

(J.4) A “Private Office” shall not be required to be provided with visual appliance(s) unless the employee occupying that office is deaf or hard-of-hearing (hearing-impaired). The building owner shall be responsible for providing visual appliance(s) as required. It shall be permitted to provide visual appliance(s) in Private Office(s) on a voluntary/ non-required basis at the owner’s request.

(J.5) All “Private Rooms/Spaces” shall not be required to be provided with visual appliance(s) unless any employee who potentially could occupy that room/space is deaf or hard-of-hearing (hearing-impaired). The building owner shall be responsible for providing visual appliance(s) as required. It shall be permitted to provide visual appliance(s) in Private Rooms/Spaces on a voluntary/ non-required basis at the owner’s request

(J.6) All Medical Exam rooms in any building/occupancy shall be provided with visual appliance(s) in accordance with NFPA 72.

(J.7) All “NORMALLY NON-OCCUPIED” rooms/areas/spaces such as mechanical/electrical /IT/server/ /telephone rooms, janitor closet/rooms, elevator machine or control rooms, fire pump rooms, etc. shall not be required to be provided with visual appliance(s) – An audible alarm signal of minimum 15dBA above the ambient noise level, is required in these rooms/areas/spaces which shall be provided by audible appliances located inside or outside these rooms/areas/spaces. Where the ambient noise level is greater than 95 dBA, visual appliance(s) shall be provided in accordance with NFPA 72 and audible appliance(s) shall not be required.

(J.8) Private use storage room/space/ closet used by only one person/tenant/employee shall not be required to be provided with visual appliance(s)

(J.9) Common/Public use and Normally-Occupied storage rooms/areas/spaces shall be provided with visual appliance(s) in accordance with NFPA 72.

(J.10) A Fire Alarm or Signaling System Control Unit (FACU/ FCU/ MCU) located in an enclosed room/space shall be prohibited from having visual and/or audible notification appliance(s) in that room/space. If the Control Unit and/or its associated Remote Annunciator is located in an open space/area, the audible and visual appliance(s) at that space shall be located on the wall or ceiling in accordance with NFPA 72 and at least 10 feet away, measured horizontally from the center of the Control Unit or each Remote Annunciator. (If the 10 feet distance is not feasible – a closer distance may be approved on a case-by-case basis)

(J.11) A Fire Command Center (FCC) shall be prohibited from having visual and audible notification appliance(s).

(J.12) Enclosed interior or exterior stairways and exit passageways shall be prohibited from having visual and audible notification appliance(s). Exception: Speakers shall be permitted to be installed in enclosed stairways of high-rise buildings for manual paging only.

I BCC a few additional FA people on this email and I would highly appreciate if you would not e-mail me or call me back with questions regarding these updated requirements. (I am aware that you may not agree with them  or you may have different interpretations, etc.)… I am bombarded with emails and phone calls these days and would highly appreciate your understanding.

However, if you have a specific project in SF that you would like to discuss with SFFD before you apply for a permit, you could request to have a pre-application meeting with SFFD (me) by filling out the attached request form and PDF it to Chris Roque (our admin person at chris.roque@sfgov.org )with your request.

AB # 2.01 ERRCS update effective 8-17-2020

Effective 8-17-2020, The SFFD has published specific requirements for approved 2-HR Fire resistive Coax cables to be used in the SFFD jurisdiction for ERRC Systems (ERRCS).

You will need to scroll down to Page 20 of 28 - Addendum G and you will find the following specific SFFD requirements in Item F:

You must comply with ALL the applicable requirements above when you submit ERRCS permit plans with 2-HR Fire Resistive Coaxial Cable.

 

You should include a copy of these requirements on your ERRCS permit Plans and indicate how you comply with each specific applicable requirement (you could use a checklist format)

The other change is regarding ERRCS signage – See item Q on Page 22 of 28

It is important to note:

  1. These changes are effective on 8-17-2020 when the revised AB # 2.01 was published – Therefore the signage (per item Q) are not required for ERRCS permits submitted prior to 8-17-2020. Any ERRCS permit submitted after this date shall be required to have the signage. The ERRCS contractor shall be required to provide the signage and shall specify the signage locations on the ERRCS permit plans. The signage requirements specified in item Q shall be copied/scanned onto the ERRCS permit plans. If ERRCS plans are currently being submitted without including the required signage, the signage could be added on As-Built submittal or as approved by the Fire Inspector.
  2. The 2-HR Fire Resistive Coaxial Cable is NOT a Required Level 2 survivability pathway. It is only  an Optional Level-2 survivability Pathway if it meets all the specific SFFD requirements listed in item F.

If you have a specific FA and/or ERRCS project in  San Francisco that you would like to discuss and have the SFFD ruling/agreement in writing (in a form of SFFD approved and signed meeting minutes), you could request to have a Pre-Application meeting with SFFD by filling out the attached PDF pre-app meeting request form and email it to Chris Roque at:  chris.roque@sfgov.org

For other applicable 2019-SFFD Administrative Bulletins you could look here:

https://sf-fire.org/2019-administrative-bulletins

California continues to battle two of the largest fires in the state’s history, and nearly 600 new fires have been caused by dry lightning strikes in the last week. On Saturday, a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was approved for seven Northern California counties, triggering the availability of federal relief.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced Saturday that the White House has approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and to support impacted residents in Lake, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties. 

A Presidential Major Disaster Declaration helps people in those counties through eligibility for support including crisis counseling, housing and unemployment assistance and legal services. 

People who have sustained losses in the designated areas can now begin applying for assistance by registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 TTY. FEMA is encouraging people to register online whenever possible. 

When registering, you will be asked for information, including: 

  • Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien 
  • Annual Household Income 
  • Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address) 
  • Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.) 
  • Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

*Note: You must provide an email address if you want to review your registration status online. If you do not provide an email address, you will be required to contact FEMA for any updates to your registration.

People who are undocumented immigrants may be available for resources and services. For more information, visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/13/DisasterAssistanceGuideforImmigrantCaliforniansFinal.pdf (English) or https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/13/DisasterAssistanceGuideforImmigrantCaliforniansSpanishFinal.pdf (Spanish). 

The NCN-SFPE August 14, 2020 presentation by William Sudah with Xtralis was one of our most-attended webinars of the year, and we would like to share that information with those who could not attend. A big thank you to Chris Reimer with GoToItsi for helping organize this excellent technical overview of energy storage fire detection and mitigation. 

Please use the following link to a pre-recorded version of the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkG_L3mKaBg&t=3s

From Sue Pitts, Northern California Recruitment Coordinator
EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
susan.pitts@encorps.org

Thank you for supporting EnCorps in our effort to recruit STEM Professionals. With your help, we were able to end the recruitment season with 129 new Fellows! In the next few weeks, these fellows are going to start their guest teaching, making that impactful first step in transitioning their STEM experience into educational opportunities!

I’m pleased to let you know, despite everything, STEM Industry professionals have continued to apply to the EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship in hopes of advancing the future STEM pipeline. The 20-21 application is now open as we prepare for the next cohort of STEM professionals looking to end the educational disparities that exist throughout California.

I would love for you to learn more about one of our Fellows Yujia (https://www.facebook.com/EnCorps/), and share her story with your community. Chances are, someone in your network has considered teaching and is looking for this next step in their career and might identify with Yujia's transition into teaching.